“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.” Psalm 107:2
To: BCS Parents & Guardians
From: Kevin Dunning, Head of School
firstname.lastname@example.org / (425) 454-4402 ext. 1211
Re: Updated precautionary measures
Dear BCS Parents/Guardians,
One of the guiding principles we use in making decisions about school is “what is in the best interest of students.” This includes their health. As there are no current confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community, keeping BCS open for as long as possible supports this guiding principle. We will continue to take additional steps to mitigate the risks faced by our students and staff.
We are basing our decision to remain open on recommendations directly from King County Public Health and because no suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus have surfaced in our community. As new information surfaces, we will reevaluate and communicate directly with you. Again, the risk to students who contract the virus appears to be no worse than “regular” flu.
We recognize that these further precautions detailed below will likely create hardships. However, these measures are being put into action to reduce exposure to COVID-19 by limiting the number of people coming in and out of our buildings and follow recent King County Public Health recommendations.
The following measures will be in effect immediately and through Saturday, Mar. 21
We will continue to provide updates whenever we have new information to share. The community can expect information on or before Mar. 21 about whether we will continue with these measures, enact new ones, or return to our normal operations.
- All Field Trips – Suspended
This includes day trips as well as local and out of state travel and in-house field trips with guest speakers.
- All Games, Concerts, Dances, Plays, and Information and Evening Events – Canceled or Postponed
We know how much our community celebrates student accomplishments! However, to reduce possible exposure to visitors attending our events or to students from people coming in, we feel this is a necessary precaution. This includes athletic contests, open houses, our Auction, and Viking for a Day visits. We will be sending more information specifically regarding Auction in the next few days.
- Travel by BCS staff/faculty – Suspended
All out-of-area work-related trips are canceled for this period.
- Volunteer Work – Suspended
We appreciate our volunteers! However, we believe this is necessary to limit the number of people coming in and out of our building. This includes parents or family members visiting during chapel.
- Staff-Led Internal School Sports Practices and Club Activities – Will Continue
This only applies to staff-led activities, such as athletic practices, drama rehearsals, and extended care activities.
- Interscholastic Competitions – Canceled
Clubs/activities led by outside organizations and vendors and all athletic competitions are canceled through Mar. 21. Band Tour has also been canceled. Additional information will be provided to band families in the next several days.
- Parent & Guardian Normal School Business / Pick Up-Drop Off – Will Continue
Parents and guardians who have meetings scheduled, a need to come to the front office, or pick up or drop off a student may do so. However, we encourage parents and guardians to communicate by email or phone to reduce people coming in and out of the building.
- Travel reporting –We are asking all families to voluntarily report any out of state or international travel until the crisis has subsided.
Again, these measures will be in effect immediately through Saturday, Mar. 21.
The community can expect information on or before Mar. 21 about whether we will continue with these measures, enact new ones, or return to our normal operations.
In the meantime, teacher training for distance learning has been enormously successful. We are more prepared than ever to teach students remotely, should we need to close in the future. If you have questions about distance learning, please contact your campus principal.
Please know that we do not make these decisions lightly. While we recognize the impact, we believe it is in the best interest of our students, staff, and community to continue school for as long as we can. We will continue to heed the advice of King County Public Health, the Governor’s Office, and the CDC. Thank you for your understanding.
Please continue to watch our website, social media, and email for new information. If you have questions, please contact your campus principal or me via email email@example.com.
In His Service,
Kevin M. Dunning
Head of School